Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 10, 2008
Worship 10:00 am
he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead
to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.”
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
A Medley of Gospel Songs:
in the Light"
Jesus Goes with Me"
Call to Worship
invisible, God only wise"
I want to be a Christian"
I want to be a Christian"
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
I want to be a Christian"
I want to be a Christian"
More Highlights from
Loves Even Me"
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
the storms of life are raging"
is a Land of Pure Delight"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
We are eager to hear all you have to say, LORD
........for your words bring peace and
................to those who stick with
behind their foolish ways.
Surely for all who respect you,
........the life you saved us for is
................Our land will be ablaze
with your presence.
What a life it will be!
........Love and loyalty will link
................justice and peace will
Faithfulness will sprout and reach for the sky;
........integrity will beam down on the
You will give us every good thing, LORD,
........and the land will give bumper
Justice and integrity will spring up as you approach,
........lining the road to welcome you
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
Lord, we come to you this day, seeking your healing and restoring
love. Give us courage to reach out to you in the good and easy times
as well as in the times of strain and stress. Open our hearts to
receive your message of peace and hope. In Jesus’ Name, we pray.
Rev. Nancy Townley, from
Spies Give a Report of an Early Brethren Baptism
The earliest Brethren were too busy spreading the gospel to keep
the sort of records we would like today. The group at
Schwarzenau grew by leaps and bounds, and it wasn't long before
Alexander Mack and others traveled on evangelistic missions to
spread the gospel.
In 1711 Mack performed a baptism in the Marienborn region, near
the village of Düdelsheim. This baptism led to Mack's expulsion
as well as the mother of the woman who was baptized. The
baptism itself, described by a group of spies, was reported by
J.L. Winter and Louis Herman Rosa, a local pastor. Their report
to the local councilors, who they addressed as "Reverend,
Honorable, and Dread Sirs," said,
“We will obediently report without reservation in response to
the order received on the thirty-first of past month about the
baptismal act in the water here, which we were diligent to
investigate in detail immediately. We learned that this was
carried out on the twenty-first of August in the Seeme brook in
the woods. It was seen by some subjects, named John Fegebrandt,
John Ernest Lüder, John George Nantz, Kristopher Krafft., etc.
A person named Alexander Mack, born at Schriesheim near
Heidelberg and usually residing at Schwarzenau but now staying
with Jacob Bossert… performed this act…."
Brethren witnesses included Martin Lucas and Daniel Ritter as
well as their spouses. Eva Elizabeth Hoffman was baptized, and
her sister was also in attendance. The official report goes on
These are the circumstances of how the baptism was carried out:
they knelt around an oak tree with lifted hands, and prayed.
The baptizer, however, went at once into the brook, measuring
the depth with a stick. He then said, "Come in." The person in
question (who looked as if she did not want to go into the water
but was held to it by the others) entered the water and knelt,
resting on her heels. The baptizer then began to question her:
"If you are willing to renounce the world, and the devil and
your own flesh, then answer with 'Yes'." She answered, "Yes."
He then grasped her braids and dipped her three consecutive
times under the water with these words: "I baptize you in the
name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." After
this he went with her out of the water and said, "Now your
spirit and faith are strengthened." She went to the tree where
the other women held a linen sheet around her to one side.
When she changed her clothes, they all sang the last verse of
the hymn "Lord Jesus Christ, Turn Toward Us". After this they
kissed one another and went to the house of the buttonmaker,
How much of Eva Elizabeth's reluctance to be baptized, as
observed by the spies, was wishful thinking on their part is
unclear, but eventually her mother and Mack were expelled by
local authorities. Mack returned to perform baptisms on more
than one occasion, and it was from this region that several
important Brethren leaders, such as John Naas and Peter Becker,
And that's the Tercentennial
minute for Sunday, August 10, 2008
by Frank Ramirez, pastor of the Everett, PA
Church of the Brethren
posted by permission
The Everett church
graciously makes available these weekly vignettes from Brethren
to all who are interested during this
anniversary year of our denomination.
Frank will be the guest preacher for our Homecoming on October
(this is our congregation's 100th anniversary year)
One our members - today's worship leader, in fact - is moving to
Wisconsin this week to begin graduate school. We're taking
few minutes to recognize what she has contributed to the life of
this church and to bless her as she journeys onward. Our prayer
is for "Godspeed," that the Lord will take care of her along the
way, and that wherever the road leads, she will listen for God
to speak, even in "the sound of sheer silence." We'll pray and
share a simple gift with which she can remember us. (for
examples of previous services like this,
written closer to the time (if not at the
Highlights from Annual Conference
Our delegate to this year's Annual Conference
will share for a second time this summer during
worship about this event, ending with a prayer
something like the following:
By your grace, O Lord, our denomination has lived for your glory
and our neighbor’s good yet another year in this three century
long story. Thank you for drawing your people together yet again
to seek your guidance and the courage to continue walking by
faith beyond this celebration. You have brought us together here
this morning for the very same purpose. Inspire us for the
journey that lies ahead. Help us to put to wise use the
resources from you that we now share with one another. In Jesus’
(He provided the following write-up for a
2008 Annual Conference minutes
The 220th Recorded Annual Conference celebrating
the 300th Anniversary of the beginning of the
Brethren was held in Richmond, Virginia, July 12
- 16, 2008. The theme as stated was
"Surrendered to God, Transformed in Christ,
Empowered by the Spirit." In addition to the
Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, the
Brethren Church held it’s General Conference,
concurrently, resulting in joint celebration of
300 years of Brethren existence.
Moderator James Beckwith and Moderator-elect
David Shumate presided over the Business
Sessions held Monday and Tuesday, July 14th and
15th in the Richmond Coliseum.
Items of business included the following:
"Resolution Urging Forbearance" (approved as
amended). What it means (WIM) is that we
respect differences of opinion; that we see them
as the blessing that is available with openness;
and that we allow the Holy Spirit to draw us
together to be of one heart.
"Query: Conference Witness to Host City" was
adopted and is to be referred to the Program
Arrangements Committee to coordinate with the
host district (city) of Annual Conference each
year. WIM is that while there we can assist
the locality with activities such as blood
drives, food contributions, and other caring and
"Resolution on Slavery in the 21st Century"
(approved as amended). WIM is that this
resolution is a call to be aware that many forms
of slavery continue to exist today, to care for
those who have been victimized, and to change
our personal lifestyle habits that support it.
"Update to Ministerial Ethics" (approved with
three amendments after much discussion). WIM is
that this update replaces the "1996 Ethics in
Ministry Relations" and all other ethics papers.
"Resolution of Ministers’ Medical Insurance
Crisis" (approved). WIM is that congregations
should provide medical insurance for pastors and
"Revision to Unfunded Mandates" (approved) WIM
is that the costs of new programming, etc. may
not be included in current budgets. If this is
so, Standing Committee may recommend to delay a
decision by Annual Conference for one year.
Also, the Program Feasibility Committee may have
to conduct a study and cost analysis of the
The 2009 Annual Conference to be held in San
Diego, California, will utilize David Shumate as
Moderator, and Shawn Flory Replogle as
Moderator-elect, to preside over the Business
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)